This program area is intended to serve students who wish to pursue environmental studies with an emphasis in the social sciences and humanities. The program is grounded in the theoretical framework of environmental studies and the three pillars of sustainability (equity, environmental, and economic) as defined by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. Students will take a 60-credit (minimum) AA program with specific classes chosen from each department. The three pillars of sustainability are represented by courses such as Environmental Ethics (PHI 218 ), Environmental Science (ENV 101 ), and Environmental Economics (ECO 245 ).
The Environmental Studies AA program includes many courses that serve as prerequisites for the BA program in Sustainability Studies (BASS). Students who pursue this AA degree are well-prepared and encouraged to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies degree at CMC. Students are also encouraged to consider pursuing the certificate program in Geographic Information Systems at CMC. Certificate courses apply to elective courses required for the Environmental Studies AA. The program can also prepare students to transfer into four-year environmental studies programs and, based on electives selected, specialize in a specific area of study such as environmental policy, resource economics, environmental anthropology, eco-psychology, environmental history, environmental education, or sustainability studies.
See the section on Scholarships and Awards for scholarship opportunities related to this program. This program is available at Colorado Mountain College locations in Aspen, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Dillon, Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Rifle, Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, and Vail Valley at Edwards. Not every course is offered at every campus, some campuses may require travel between sites or technology enhanced modalities to complete the degree. For more information please see Academic Programs at Colorado Mountain College.
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